Blank Screen After Upgrade from 11.2 to 11.3 (NVIDIA FX3800)

I have just performed an upgrade from OpenSUSE 11.2 to 11.3. My Machine is a Lenovo W701DS laptop which uses an NVIDIA FX3800M graphics card. The system was working fine under 11.2 before the upgrade.

After upgrading to 11.3 the splash screen after GRUB comes up for about 1 second before the screen goes blank. After about 5 mins I am able to SSH to the Laptop and access the system. Doing this I created an xorg file using “X -configure” and copied the new file to the /etc/X11 directory and renamed to xorg.conf.

If I SSH to the laptop change run levels to init 3 then init 5 the Gnome comes up and I have graphics the system works :slight_smile: However I am unable to access the text consoles using alt+f1, f2 etc. If I restart the system it is back to the blank screen.

I have attempted to install the NVIDIA drivers however the installation fails due to an error with gcc or kernel source versions. Error log reports that the kernel was complied using a different version of gcc.

I have looked though a number of posts with ATI and Intel cards where users are experiencing the same problems however their solutions do not appear to resolve my issue. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Since you upgraded you may want to rename the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to another name so it is not used. This possibly could be confusing the system.

The upgrade erased the original xorg.conf file. They system was not working at all with no /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Recreating it was the only way I could get graphics back but changing run levels (init 3 then init 5). It appears as though 11.3 is having issues with correctly detecting the graphics card.

Okay. Added “nomodeset” to the boot options. The system now boots up with out the blank screen.

Have also been able to install the NVIDIA drivers manually.

It is strange that it is now taking about 5 mins for the network to load. Will play with this a bit more.